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Forest fire hazard high in Sault, Sudbury areas

NEWS RELEASE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY ************************* Forest fire situation update: Northeast fire region As of the early afternoon of July 6, three new fires have been confirmed in the region in the previous 24 hours.
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NEWS RELEASE

MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY

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Forest fire situation update: Northeast fire region

As of the early afternoon of July 6, three new fires have been confirmed in the region in the previous 24 hours.

All of these occurred in the Sudbury region, and two have seen been declared out.

The active fire, Sudbury 26, is being held.

Currently there are ten active fires in the region, a majority of which are being observed in the far north.

The forest fire hazard ranges from low to extreme.

The areas of greatest concern are Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury, with areas along the Quebec border spanning Kingston to Moosonee are also experiencing a high hazard.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry advises Ontarians to practice safe burning when outdoors.

Out of Province

Ontario continues to aid other provinces and territories in firefighting efforts, and has deployed personnel and resources to Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, the Yukon, as well as in support of Parks Canada.

Currently there are 219 personnel deployed outside of Ontario, along with aircraft, pumps and hose equipment. 

The Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program is reminding people that they are responsible for safe outdoor fire management and must follow guidelines set out in the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario including no day burning of brush or grass fires.

Campfires are to be tended at all times and put out before leaving. 

For further tips on how to be FireSmart, visit: ontario.ca/firesmart

For more information about the current fire situation and the active fires map: ontario.ca/forestfire

The Northeast Region Fire Information Hotline is available for general information updates: 1-888-357-8422.

Report forest fires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

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